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Redshift: Extreme Visions of Speculative Fiction (Saga of the Skolian Empire)

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This landmark anthology presents thirty groundbreaking stories from the masters of speculative fiction heralding the future of the genre with original and revolutionary works.

All-new, original stories by
Ursula K. Le Guin
Gregory Benford
Joe Haldeman
Joyce Carol Oates
and many others
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Paperback, 688 pages
Published December 3rd 2002 by Roc (first published December 1st 2001)
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Ron
Lame, bloated and derivative. That said, the second half of the collection is twice as good as the first. Books like this give anthologies a bad name. Come to think of it, I'm more often disappointed than not with collections.

Stories worth reading: "Black Tulip", "In the Un-Black", "Resurrection", "Cleopatra Brimstone", "Bassador", and "Fungi." A couple others were cute, but more like extended puns or jokes than real stories.

That said, three was a gift.
Dan Secor
Apr 30, 2008 Dan Secor rated it it was amazing
I gave this compilation 5 stars for one reason only - my wife (pen name at the time, Laura Whitton) has a short story included. It has been reviewed well, and I am privy to the full-length novel she is writing (part of a trilogy) to expand the world of "Froggies".
Susan
Feb 23, 2016 Susan marked it as borrowed-not-kept
Shelves: 2015
On K2 with Kanakaredes • (2001) • novelette by Dan Simmons
The Building • (2001) • shortstory by Ursula K. Le Guin
Froggies • (2001) • novelette by Laura Whitton
What We Did That Summer • (2001) • shortstory by Kathe Koja and Barry N. Malzberg
A Slow Saturday Night at the Surrealist Sporting Club • (2001) • shortstory by Michael Moorcock
In Xanadu • (2001) • shortstory by Thomas M. Disch
Commencement • (2001) • novelette by Joyce Carol Oates
Unique Visitors • (2001) • shortstory by James Patrick Kelly
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Jamie
Dec 14, 2008 Jamie rated it really liked it
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This collection includes:

On K2 with Kanakaredes by Dan Simmons
The Building by Ursula LeGuin
Froggies by Laura Whitton
What We Did That Summer by Kathy Koja and Barry Malzberg
A Slow Saturday Night at the Surrealist Sporting Club by Michael Moorcock
In Xanadu by Thomas M. Disch
Commencement by Joyce Carol Oates
Unique Vistors by James Patrick Kelly
Black Tulip by Harry Turtledove
Belief by P.D. Cacek
In the Un-Black by Stephen Baxter
Weeping Walls by Paul Di Filippo
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Fred
Jun 06, 2014 Fred rated it it was ok
It's worth pointing out that 2 stars on Goodreads is "It was ok." So that's the Goodreads version of "meh" which is what this book gets. Like many collections of short stories across many genres this one set itself up for greatness by proudly touting some of the biggest names in the industry on its cover. To make it's build up that much worse, Sarrantonio went through the trouble of talking about the great Dangerous Visions collection by Harlan Ellison which is arguably the greatest collection ...more
Marc Moore
Oct 30, 2013 Marc Moore rated it liked it
I'm not a big fan of short stories - they lack the depth of novels - but there are some good ones in Redshift, In the Un-Black by Stephen Baxter being my favorite new one (I've got a book by Baxter sitting on my shelf right now, unread...) and On K2 with Kanakaredes by Dan Simmons an excellent re-read (Simmons' Prayers to Broken Stones is hands-down the best book of short stories I've read.)
Cindywho
Sep 03, 2007 Cindywho rated it it was ok
This large book of short stories was subtitled "extreme visions of speculative fiction". For some reason I was hoping for Science Fiction, but got more fantasy and not much of it that extreme. Some of the stories were good, some were even interesting Science Fiction. I finally finished it after picking at it for a few months with an "eh." (August 30, 2005)
Brian Lane
Aug 16, 2016 Brian Lane rated it liked it
Collectively a good mix of stories spanning speculative genres. Some you will have encountered before, or read similar takes on the themes here. If you are looking for a set to read in short bursts, it is a good choice.
Scott
Sep 23, 2010 Scott rated it it was amazing
Amazing collection of varied writers here. Well worth the purchase for Dan Simmon's story On K2 with Kanakaredes.
Tim Pendry
Aug 17, 2008 Tim Pendry rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no-one
Shelves: science-fiction
Somewhat unimpressive anthology without much sense of coherence - certainly not 'extreme' in any meaningful way. Mammoth anthologies tend to do this sort of thing so much better.
Hannah Givens
DNFed at 200 pages because I couldn't find anything exciting and memorable, despite the title promising "extreme visions" and weird stuff. Might be worth a reread now that some time has passed.
DaughterDaDa
so far, so good.

This has some really touching short stories in it. More later.

"Resurrection" is an emotional family tale about the love between a son and a father.
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4/3/12: "Anomalies" by Gregory Benford
4/3/12: "Burros Gone Bad" by Peter Schneider
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Al Sarrantonio (born May 25, 1952, in New York City) is an American horror and science fiction author who has published, over the past thirty years, more than forty books and sixty short stories. He has also edited numerous anthologies and has been called “a master anthologist” by Booklist.

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